All the material below is updated and expanded in:
Chapter 6: Gender, Age, and Alcohol Effects on Survival
Chapter 7: Older Drivers of Traffic Safety (Copyright © 2004 by Leonard Evans)
(Numbering is sequence on a longer LIST OF PUBLICATIONS)
Pre digital age - but of note for that reason
76. Older driver involvement in fatal and severe traffic crashes. The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 43: S186-S193; 1988.
Yes - 1988
100. Is there really an older driver problem? Proceedings of the National Road Safety Seminar, Volume 1, p 273-284, Wellington, New Zealand, 2-4 November 1992.
Conclusions of more than 20 years ago same as now. Yes - a problem, but not much of a problem. Overwhelmingly, main threat to other road users is from young male drivers. While risks in traffic increase as people age past ~65, the increase from other sources is far faster. especially disease. The probability that an old persons' death is due to a traffic crash becomes vanishingly small with increasing age. Far more important to take your pills, check your blood pressure,. cholesterol, and weight, hold handrail going down stairs, etc. and forget about safety belt! Best to do all - but some are more important than others.
[problem for old folks is mobility - not risk of getting killed].
165. Drivers involved in crashes killing older road users (PDF). SAE paper 2007-01-1165. Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers, April 2007.
137. Gender and age influence on fatality risk from the same physical impact determined using two-car crashes (Co-authored with Peter H. Gerrish), SAE paper 011174. Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers; March 2001.
136. Age and Fatality Risk from Similar Severity Impacts Journal of Traffic Medicine, 29: 10-19, 2001.
135. Female Compared to Male Fatality Risk from Similar Physical Impacts, Journal of Trauma, 50:281-8, March 2001
132. Risks older drivers face themselves and threats they pose to other road users. International Journal of Epidemiology, 29: 315 - 322; 2000